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R U Tuff Enuff boxing comes long way

Event started 12 years ago at SIAST Woodland Campus
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R U Tuff Enuff has come a long way since it started 12 years ago.

The boxing matches' first venue was the SIAST Woodland Campus, which can hold up to 1,000 people for an event like this. The R U Tuff Enuff event has since created so much demand, it now needs Prince Albert’s largest arena to support its interested patrons: the Art Hauser Centre.

“We had [the first] two years in SIAST where we sold out 1,000 people and we simply outgrew that place when we were refusing people at the door,” said event co-chair Blake Edwards.

“We thought we better move this.”

This Saturday will mark the 12th R U Tuff Enuff to entertain fans with its reckless rock’em sock’em bouts.

This year, the event will feature a new light show to keep fans entertained, as well as adding a fourth mixed martial arts fight instead of the traditional three the event has featured in the past.

But it’s the non-stop ‘hit and get hit’ boxing matches that keep the fans coming back for more.

“We still believe the roots of this event is the tough man portion,” said Edwards.

“People are excited to watch people that are just out there for some pride. They’re not trained boxers by any means, but they go out there, give it their all and it’s excellent entertainment.

“I think people in Prince Albert expect this event to carry on,” added Edwards.

“They look forward to it each and every year. With the crowds we bring out every year, that’s pretty obvious. We have 2,000 people out every year at least and it really hasn’t dropped that much. It’s a popular event and it creates buzz that Tuff Enuff is coming again.”

The event is a fundraiser as proceeds go to the Kinsmen Club of Prince Albert, who cycle the funds back into the community in their various events, as well as the Ringside Fitness, which allows the sport of boxing to stay alive and be accessible to those interested in Prince Albert.

Tickets are $30 at the door  or $25 if purchased in advance.

The fights start at 6 p.m. with the doors opening an hour prior.

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